Port of Lincoln on the southern edge of Eyre Peninsula
PORT LINCOLN, EYRE PENINSULA, AUSTRALIA — The largest vessel ever to be loaded by Glencore Agriculture in South Australia began the state’s 2017-18 grain exports.

TheAdriana Roseis being loaded with 74,000 tonnes of wheat and barley at Viterra’s Port Lincoln terminal.

Simon Gellert, Glencore Agriculture’s senior wheat trader, said the mix of old and new season grain is headed to the Middle East.

“The cargo has been sourced from Eyre Peninsula growers and is headed to three destinations in the Middle East,” Gellert said. “Putting together such a large vessel with more than one commodity is a great benefit to growers because it helps create freight efficiencies.”

Gellert noted the company’s commitment to high standards is one of its keys to supporting its customers. 

“Some of this grain is headed to a customer we hosted in South Australia in July, where they got to see firsthand the efficiency, reliability and high level of quality control delivered through the Viterra supply chain,” Gellert said. “In a highly competitive market where customers can source grain from anywhere in the world, it is important to show we can meet the increasingly high standards required by end-use markets.”

Gellert said Glencore Agriculture was one of Australia’s largest grain exporters and could connect growers with over 30 destination markets worldwide.

“The Middle East is a key buyer of quality South Australian milling wheat,” Gellert said. “South East Asia is of course another major destination, as well as North Africa and the Indian subcontinent. We bring many customers to South Australia to see the supply chain in action as well as visit growers so they can gain a deeper understanding of where their products are coming from and how they are managed.”

Port Lincoln is one of the few naturally deep-sea port terminals in Australia that can load large vessels.

TheAdriana Roseis a Kamsarmax vessel 229 meters in length with seven holds. According to Viterra Australia, it is the third-largest grain vessel to be loaded in South Australia’s history.